For more than five years, the U.S. Congress has tried to forge a compromise on how to update the U.S. patent system. What follows are views representing two sides in the debate.
SAN JOSE, Calif. For more than five years, the U.S. Congress has tried to forge a compromise on how to update the U.S. patent system. The latest effort announced March 4 has already drawn a mix of opposing views.
Below are views representing two sides in the debate. Speaking for the latest compromise is the head of the Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform
, a group of 50 mainly pharmaceutical companies that also includes General Electric, Motorola, SanDisk and Texas Instruments. On the opposing side author and former vice presidential candidate Pat Choate takes a position espoused by many small companies, and individual inventors.
Engineers need a broader voice in the debate over the patent system, given their role in developing new technology. So, we invite you to weigh in with your own views with a comment below.
With signs that the health care debate is about to come to a conclusion, advocates for patent reform are gearing up to drive their current compromise toward a vote, so it's a good time to educate yourself and let your views be heard. The full text of the latest compromise bill is available online.